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Caprese Chicken with Pasta

 

I can guarantee the following things with this recipe. Firstly, even the most confused kitchen adventurer can make this recipe. Secondly, it will taste like it was prepared in a brilliant Italian restaurant. With that information in hand, proceed!

I’m always going back and forth between what do I like better Italian food or Mexican food. The decision? Why choose? Both! Alternate days with them, heck, alternate within meals in a single day!

If you are frantically looking for a Valentine’s Day meal recipe, I’d recommend this!

Caprese Chicken with Pasta
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(Adapted from The Novice Chef)
Ingredients:
(For the chicken)
4 chicken breasts
2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
10 basil leaves, chopped
8 oz fresh mozzarella, cut into 8 slices
splash of balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
 
(For the pasta)
penne
juice of 1 lemon
dash of olive oil
parmesan to top
 
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Is it weird that I love cooked tomatoes but am not a fan of raw ones?
 
Salt and pepper both sides of the chicken and set aside.
 
Add one tablespoon of the olive oil to a large saute pan. Put the chicken in this pan, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. In another pan, add the last tablespoon of olive oil and saute the garlic for about a minute. Then add in the tomatoes and continue to saute them until the skin begins to soften and wrinkle, about 5 minutes. Add basil and remove from the heat.
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Tomatoes with their little skins softening.
 
Once the chicken is no longer pink on the inside, pour the tomato mixture around the chicken. Then add two slices of mozzarella to each piece of chicken. Cover the pan with the lid to allow the mozzarella to melt, about two more minutes.
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At this point, the dish is starting to smell phenomenal!
 
Backing up a few steps, whilst the chicken was cooking start making your pasta. I think it’s obvious that the chicken needs to be the star of this dish, so you want to show it off against a pasta that is clean, fresh and simple. When your pasta is cooked and strained, add it to a bowl, toss it with some olive oil, the lemon juice, some grated parmesan, and salt and pepper. Set it aside to serve it under your chicken.
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Fresh buffalo mozzarella is my cheese downfall. I can’t resist it.
 
Once your chicken is down, serve it over a bed of your simple pasta and enjoy.
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I hid these leftovers for my own lunch.
 
 

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  • Yum! I love anything with cheese and tomatoes…Italian or Mexican 🙂

  • I am a much bigger fan of cooked tomatoes than raw but when it comes to cherry tomatoes I love them anyway!

    • My favorite was to eat tomatoes is to roast them in the oven in a tiny drizzle of olive oil for about 20 minutes…. mmmmm…… I could eat a whole crate of tomatoes in one sitting that way! x

  • Amy @ the tide that left

    I want! I could eat pasta for every meal. Looks like I need to fork out for that mozzarella after all!

  • Oh my! This looks delicious. And seems quite easy too. Win!!

  • I don’t think my comment posted. Boo. Let me try again.

    Yay for a dinner recipe I can make! Do you think this would go well over a bed of qunioa? We’re trying to eat healthy at home, and in March, we’re going to cut gluten out of our diets!

    • No pasta?! But you love pasta! I think it’d be fine over qunioa or if you want to be super healthy, it’d probably be delicious over a bed of spinach! x

  • I wish this was my lunch today!

  • Amanda, you always know the way to my heart! This looks beyond delicious. Caprese anything makes me happy 🙂

  • That looks absolutely heavenly! Anything smothered with cheese I am so down with!

  • Sarah Benson

    This looks delicious and I know that my husband with devour this.

  • Becky Mattox

    Yumm thanks for the recipe! I’m definitely going to make this! 🙂

  • It is so hard sharing food!!! I love eating leftovers of food the next day- like say we had wings- and Rob totally forgets how many wings we had left.. I may or may not sneak an extra few into my mouth before I let him know that there’s wings in the fridge.
    That one looks pretty yummy and simple too. Sadly we are not fans of tomatoes.. I wonder what I could use instead… Thank you for posting a meal idea right before Valentine’s day. Very smart!!

    • Oh no! Well, do you like tomato sauce? Because if you let the tomatoes stew a little longer they basically turn to sauce on the inside… Or you could replace it with a few splashes of marinara. x

  • Tanya Jean

    Oh my, this looks absolutely scrumptious! I really need to learn how to cook ASAP! 🙂
    xo TJ

    http://www.hislittlelady.com

    • Never fear! It’s an easy recipe! And even if something goes wrong you just have to laugh about it! x

  • Mmmm, I love anything caprese!

  • Yum, these kind of things are always better the next day as leftovers I feel too when all the flavours mix together, so I don’t blame you for hiding some!

  • oh my, that looks super yummy!

  • Oh gosh! This recipe couldn’t come at a better time! This morning I woke up with a huge desire for something pasta-chicken-ish… So I’m going to the store to buy the ingredients that I don’t already have. Fresh buffalo mozzarella is my cheese downfall as well! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Thank you so much! Please let me know how it turns out if you do make! I’d honestly love to hear any improvements, differences etc! x

      • I made it for dinner yesterday and it was sooooo good! The bad part was that I only had one chicken breast so I increased the amount of pasta, and you were so right, the chicken is the star of this dish! I’ll be making this again, but with much more chicken and less pasta!

        • So glad that you liked it! I can eat this pasta the way I breathe air so I’m glad to see that someone else really enjoys it as well! x